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Colours in the opera

During a recent weekend trip, I was able to take part in a guided tour of the new opera house at Nordfjordeid.  It was opened in April this year, and is the only opera house in Norway besides the National Opera house in Oslo.

Being quite new, everything was of course spick and span, nice and functional. But what caught my eye and interest was this piece of art hanging just above the main entrance:

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It is made by the artist Viel Bjerkeset Andersen. Her website has this artwork on the front page, but there is not much else there at the moment.

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According to our guide, the artist took inspiration from the works of the famous mathematician Sophus Lie, who was born at the vicarage only a stone’s throw from where the opera house stands now.

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The installation consists of three circular pieces of glass positioned at right angles to each other, forming a sphere. The glass is covered with a transparent foil, which reflects the light in different colours on each side of the glass.

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The combination of reflection and transparency gives the sphere an almost infinite array of colours when seen from different angles. It also changes as the light changes during the day.

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The first photo of this post was taken from the top of the steps, but all the others were taken from different angles below.

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It is fascinating, – a kaleidoscope of colours.  It was difficult to choose only a few photos for this post.

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I wonder if similar effects can be achieved in quilts by using Angelina fibers and sheers.

Hhhmmm, – something to think about.

Eldrid

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16 Responses

  1. Wow, for et fantastisk stykke kunst – og for et fargespill! Jeg vet scrappere bruker alkoholblekk på cd-plate for å få lignende effekter, og på acetat går det nok også vil jeg tro – men det er vel ikke så greit med alkoholblekk på stoff… Lykke til med utprøving, leder meg til å se resultatet om du får det til 🙂

    • Irene
      Glassirklane likna faktisk på cd-plater i stort format 🙂
      Kan også hende at denne same folien kan kombinerast med stoff…?
      Det blir nok ei stund før det blir evt. prosjekt, – mykje som skal vere ferdig før eg kan ta tid til slike eksperiment.

  2. PS – rolig her i dag 😉 Har du prøvd pigment?

    Pigments for the experimental textile artist.
    http://www.fibrecrafts.com/Level2.asp?Level1=1&Level2=15&Level3=0&PID=0&Action=

    Pearlescent PIgments
    http://www.ecplaza.net/tradeleads/seller/5240483/pearlescent_pigmentspearl.html

  3. Så utrolig kult.
    Er folien prikkete eller er det spottane i taket som blir reflektert slik.

    • Ellinor
      Der var innlagt nokre mindre sirklar på dei store sirkelflatene, men det som ser ut som spottar er nok det. Sjekk linken til arbeida til S Lie så ser du sikkert kvifor dei små sirklane måtte vere med 🙂
      Operahuset er ikkje så langt frå gamle hybelen din, og er bygd ihop med vidaregåande, – bl.a. elektro. Dei har prosjekt med f.eks lyssetting av oppsetjingar på scena.

  4. Nydelege bilete. Slo opp på heimesida for å vurdere om eg skulle dra med folk til operaen no i oktober, men der var det fullt på alle forestillingar.

    • Sonja skal visst kome på ei forestilling, så då er det nok fullt, ja. Guiden anbefalte å gå inn ofte og sjå om der kjem avbestillingar. Stolane er kjempegode å sitje it.

  5. Amazing – I just love them! I’m a bit embarrassed to say I remember learning about Lie algebra… but it certainly didn’t inspire me to make anything so beautiful & fascinating!

    Thank-you so much for your kind comments on my blog! I really enjoy yours as well!

    • Thank you, Kirsten, – I really enjoy reading your blog.
      I am at least equally embarrassed to admit I do not even know if I have learned any Lie mathematics, – if I have, it has not been presented as being his work, so I wouldn’t know 😉

  6. The marriage of mathematics with art is always spectacular! What a beautiful creation. Although your photos are lovely, I’m sure it’s breathtaking to see in person.

  7. Spennende installasjon! Skulle gjerne sett nærmere på den… Og flott at det finnes operahus andre steder enn i Oslo.

  8. Spectacular piece of art that seems to spin an almost magical hold on the viewer’s gaze as the colours vibrate. I love it. Even in pictures it’s beautiful.

  9. Just splendid. This would make a spectacular hanging quilt – like the crochet artists are now doing with other mathematical subjects. Thanks for sharing

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